Research and Development Supports

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2018 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the extent to which innovation continues to be a feature of enterprise and investment here; if she remains satisfied that new enterprises have adequate access to innovation technology and-or appropriate assistance from the European Union; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 October]

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Govt still failing to meet R&D strategy expenditure targets

Posted in Research on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland now appears further away than ever from meeting one of the key targets of its innovation strategy – significantly increased spending on research and development, according to new figures released by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 October]

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Government investment in Research and Development amounts to over €750m in 2018 – Minister Halligan

Posted in Research on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, John Halligan TD, has welcomed the latest figures on Government investment in research and development (R&D) published today by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, which show that over €750m is estimated to have been invested in R&D in 2018 …” (more)

[Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, 5 October]

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Science Foundation Ireland Grants

Posted in Research on October 4th, 2018 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): I thank the Minister of State with responsibility for this issue for coming before the House today. I want to raise the issue of the defunding of the INFANT research centre, a perinatal healthcare centre in University College Cork. It is a Science Foundation Ireland funded research centre that is led by female investigators and the only one of its kind in the State. The centre deals specifically with ensuring better health outcomes for pregnant women and their children and babies, both in utero and after birth …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 3 October]

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Expert quit centre role after ‘flawed’ funding assessment

Posted in Research on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A leading expert in the health research landscape said she quit her governance position at a perinatal research centre because the university where it is based failed to challenge Science Foundation Ireland’s decision not to fund it …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan and Elaine Loughlin,, 3 October]

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SFI decision to pull funding from INFANT centre follows ‘robust’ process

Posted in Research on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) said its decision not to provide a new round of funding for a high-profile research centre was made following a robust process. SFI has decided not to provide a new round of funding to the University College Cork-based INFANT centre once its current allocation comes to an end next year, RTÉ reported on Monday …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 1 October]

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€22 million manufacturing research centre to be hosted in UCD

Posted in Research on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD and Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD have launched a new advanced manufacturing research centre which is to be hosted in UCD in partnership with 5 other higher education institutes …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 25 September]

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Cork’s Tyndall Institute secures €7m in Horizon 2020 funding

Posted in Research on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As one of Europe’s leading research centres and Ireland’s national institute for high-tech hardware, Tyndall has been awarded over €7 million for research projects in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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Fundamental research key to academic and national reputation

Posted in Research on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“‘Innovate or die’ said management guru Peter Drucker, adapting Darwin’s ‘Adapt or die’. It’s become the rallying cry of the 21st century. When every country wants the same thing, how can Ireland be more innovative than the innovators? One obvious answer is to spend more …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 24 September]

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Scientific publishing is a rip-off. We fund the research – it should be free

Posted in Legal issues, Research on September 13th, 2018 by steve

“Never underestimate the power of one determined person. What Carole Cadwalladr has done to Facebook and big data, and Edward Snowden has done to the state security complex, Alexandra Elbakyan has done to the multibillion-dollar industry that traps knowledge behind paywalls. Sci-Hub, her pirate web scraper service, has done more than any government to tackle one of the biggest rip-offs of the modern era …” (more)

[George Monbiot, Guardian, 13 September]

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Linguistic analysis reveals the hidden details of research grant proposal peer review reports

Posted in Research on September 10th, 2018 by steve

“Despite peer review panels being the most common way of selecting applicants for research funding, little is known about how selections are made. New methods for large-scale text analysis allow for review panels’ written reports to be analysed and studied for patterns. Peter van den Besselaar and Ulf Sandström show how the frequency of positive and negative evaluation words correlate with applicants’ final scores …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 10 September]

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All but one of 14 institutes of technology have yet to apply for gender equality benchmark

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on September 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“All but one of the 14 institutes of technology have yet to submit an application for the gender equality benchmark needed by the end of next year to be eligible for public research funding. Although institutes of technology (ITs) involved in planned mergers to become technological universities (TUs) have a longer timeframe in which to secure the Athena Swan bronze award, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has submitted its application this summer …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 September]

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A no-deal Brexit will betray British science

Posted in Research on August 28th, 2018 by steve

“On 14 June 2014, just over a week before the EU referendum, Vote Leave were keen to calm the fears of British scientists, farmers and others who relied on European funds …” (more)

[Mike Galsworthy, Guardian, 28 August]

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Science Foundation Ireland invests €173m in research projects

Posted in Research on July 18th, 2018 by steve

“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) said it invested €173 million in research programmes last year and supported over 1,500 industry collaborations, its annual report shows. The organisation said research programmes it backed generated €116 million in non-exchequer funding …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 18 July]

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Higher education and funding research

Posted in Research on July 9th, 2018 by steve

“Sir, – Our underfunded higher education and research system is once again in the spotlight, with the publication of the QS Rankings showing most Irish universities falling in the league tables. Major criticisms still remain regarding the enforced research priorities established during austerity and a lack of funding for ‘blue-skies’ research since 2008. However, change is happening …” (more)

[Emma Teeling and 29 others, Irish Times, 9 July]

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Science Foundation Ireland

Posted in Research on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Maurice Quinlivan (Limerick City, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the budget allocation for Science Foundation Ireland for 2016, 2017 and 2018, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 July]

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How to improve your chances with a Horizon 2020 bid

Posted in Research on June 30th, 2018 by steve

“Given the high failure rate of applications for the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme, the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science has, in collaboration with the EU Office at the University of Copenhagen and the Research Support Office at Aarhus University …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 28 June]

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Will Horizon Europe be more open to the world?

Posted in Research on June 25th, 2018 by steve

“The European Commission’s draft proposal for the European Union’s research programme for 2021-28, Horizon Europe, has been heralded by some stakeholders for adding a rule change on third-party participation that could pave the way for more countries from across the world to join the programme …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 22 June]

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Doctoral students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2018 by steve

Catherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students in State-funded third level education facilities that undertook doctoral research in 2017 and to date in 2018; and the number of these that were State funded …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 June]

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Universities demand hike in EU research funding

Posted in Research on June 17th, 2018 by steve

“In the wake of the European Commission’s release of its outline for the Ninth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe, 14 European associations of universities released a joint statement on Friday calling upon the European Union institutions to double the budget for Horizon Europe, improve its content and reconsider the budget distribution over the different pillars of the programme …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 15 June]

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